Distance Education

Meet our Teachers

Great teachers are more important than great facilities. Please click on the photos below for a brief introduction from each teacher.

Brendan Corr


Originally a Secondary Science Teacher, Brendan is a graduate of UTS, Deakin and Regent College, Canada. While Deputy Principal at Pacific Hills for 12 years, Brendan also led the NSW Christian Schools Australia registration system. Brendan’s faith is grounded in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a deep knowledge of God’s Word. Married for over 30 years, Brendan and Kim have 4 adult children. On the weekends, Brendan enjoys cycling (but he enjoys coffee with his mates afterwards slightly more).

Luke Reifler

Head of Distance Education

Luke has been a Primary School teacher in public and private schools for over 20 years and was Kids Pastor at his church for several years. He has three children with Roslyna, who he met on a mission trip. Luke has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Christian Studies (Pastoral Leadership) building on a unique childhood being raised at his family’s ministry centre and completed Primary school via distance education. He enjoys photography and is passionate about faith, identity and community.

Emily Peisley

Primary Teacher

Emily has a Bachelor of Theology and Masters of Primary teaching. She has been teaching at ACC since 2017 where she loves kids and sharing the gospel with them. The classroom is full of so many personalities, talents and imaginations, and as the teacher she loves the opportunity to be able to help and guide students to strive to be who God has created them to be. In her spare time, she like to play team sports, go on adventures and do some baking.

Jacqueline Donaldson

Secondary Teacher

Jacqueline Donaldson is new in 2022 to the school but has been teaching since 1998. She teaches mainly HSIE and English, and particularly enjoys Studies of Religion and Biblical Studies. Jacqueline has been a Christian since 1972 and has been walking with the Lord ever since. She lives with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson, and attends a Filipino church, where she feels very loved and appreciated and she has the privilege of preaching once a month. In her spare time, Jacqueline loves reading and being involved with the local Historical Society. Her photo is from a trip to Israel.

Kaylie Neave

Secondary Teacher

Kaylie began her teaching career teaching private music tuition. She completed a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Education (Secondary) so that she could bring her passion for music education to High School students. In her time outside of school Kaylie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, playing piano and singing in church. When she gets the chance you can often find her deep beneath the water scuba diving.

Olivia Gonzales

Secondary Teacher

Liv hails from a small town in the South Island of New Zealand surrounded by lots of beaches, lakes, mountains and forests. She trained as a concert pianist at the University of Otago before becoming a teacher, and now she loves playing as a part of a worship team and writing music. Liv has been at ACC since the beginning of 2020, and loves the culture of the school and the opportunity to bring the best out of others. She loves travelling and coffee - you can find her exploring various cafes and scenic spots in and around the city.

Rachel Law

DE Administrator

Rachel grew up in Auckland as the oldest of three girls. She moved to Australia in 2001 and has loved getting to know the Sydney-siders she considers family through church, university and work. Rachel is a passionate teacher who genuinely loves children. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of New South Wales and appreciates time with her husband. On the weekends, you’ll find her reading God’s word and playing with her baby.

William Tay

DE Administrator

Will has been teaching for over a decade as a secondary teacher in various roles, most recently as a Distance Education teacher. He has come from a corporate background working as a software analyst and has a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. Will loves being part of such a vibrant, growing, christian community. Outside of school, Will enjoys exploring The Australian landscape with his growing family (3 boys under 4 y.o, 1 on the way!)